- A research team
from George Southern University has found that women with children living in the household are
sleep deprived, unlike men
- The study found
that only 48% of women who lived with children in the house got 7 hours of
sleep, compared to 62% among women who did not live with children
- Women with
children in the house felt tired on 14 days when compared to 11 days among
women without children in the house
may have known this all along, but a new study by a research team from Georgia
Southern University has shown that they are sleep deprived. When there are
children in the house, women are affected by lack of sleep, unlike in men. The
results of this study were presented in the American Academy of Neurology's
69th Annual Meeting to be held in Boston in April 2017.
author of the study, Dr. Kelly Sullivan said that the study findings could help
support women who claim to be exhausted. A member of the American Academy of
Neurology, Dr. Kelly further said that women with children at home not only had
fewer hours of sleep but they also said that they were feeling tired throughout
‘Women living with children sleep significantly less, highlighting need for additional support’
study involved analyzing data from a telephone survey that was conducted on
5,805 people. The participants were asked
- How long they
slept- It was considered to be optimum if the participants slept for 7 to
9 hours and insufficient if they slept for less than 6 hours.
- How many days they
felt tired during the previous month.
other factors that the research team looked at were the age of the mothers,
their race, marital status, the number of children in the house, education
levels, exercise levels, whether working or employed. The research team also
asked the study participants if they snored at night, to understand if that was
the reason behind insufficient sleep.
the study participants, there were 2,908 women who were 45 years old or
younger. The study findings showed that
- The only factor
associated with insufficient sleep was the presence of children in the
- There was a 50%
increase in the odds of insufficient sleep with every child in the house
- In the same group
of women, who were under 45 years of age
- 48 % of women with
children had seven hours of sleep which was significantly less when
compared with women without children (62%)
- Younger women who
had children in the house reported to feeling tired 14 days in a month
when compared to women with no children in the house who felt tired 11
days in a month.
study found that the presence of children in the house did not alter sleep
duration for men. Dr. Sullivan reiterated that adequate sleep is vital for
maintaining good health and it affected the functioning of heart, weight and
Sleep Patterns in
a study conducted by Dr. Ashleigh J. Filtness and colleagues from the
Queensland University and published in the journal PLOS,
the sleep patterns of postpartum women were detailed. The
study found that new mothers were deprived of sleep due to constant feeding and
variations in the sleep pattern of their new born. Similar results were found
in a study conducted on American women. The significance of these studies point
towards the necessity to ensure that mothers slept for adequately long hours.
This is because, sleep deprived women may not be able to carry out critical
tasks during the day, endangering their lives and the lives of their loved
sleep is also important for the health of the women, both physical as well as
for emotional health. The lack of sleep among new mothers is well known, with
the period associated with feelings of intense sleep deprivation, being shell
shocked, consecutive days when REM state of sleep is constantly interrupted,
resulting in a 'zombie like state'
The extreme sleep deprivation will affect the ability of women to think
clearly, stressing the need for adequate support which will ensure that new
mothers get the rest they need.
The Need to Address
can lead to long-term health effects for the new mother
and there is a need to bring in appropriate legislations which would allow the
mother to take adequate rest. This includes maternity leave, which in certain
countries is as low as 3 months, including the U.S.
Canada, maternity leave extends for a period of one year, during which time the
mother receives her complete pay. Such policies would ensure that the new
mother bonds with her new born and will also work related stress
, making way for
better sleep patterns.
day time sleepiness experienced by mothers with children in the house can
increase the risk for accidents. The need to lower the amount of day time
, before the mother resumes
work is essential. The right support will not only ensure better health of the
mother but will also boost productivity once she returns to work.
new mothers are unaware by the shift in the sleeping pattern that they would
experience soon after the birth of their infant. Most infants take about 12
weeks to settle into a normal circadian rhythm, though the maximum period of
sleep time is 3.5 to 4 hours. Since mothers are the primary caregivers, they
often bear the brunt of the work that is involved in getting the infant settled
into a normal sleep pattern. Frequent feeding and tending to the needs of the
child will mean fewer hours of sleep for the mother.
current study highlights the reduced sleep time for women with children in the
household when compared to women without children in the household. The men in
the house, however, do not have a reduced duration of sleep. There is an increased
need to create awareness among women about managing their daily chores and the
crucial need to sleep for adequate period of time which will help them feel
refreshed to face the next day with renewed energy.
- Sleep study shows new moms are dangerously
exhausted for months - (http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0103513)
- Longitudinal Change in Sleep and Daytime Sleepiness
in Postpartum Women - (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/sleep-study-shows-new-moms-dangerously-exhausted-months/)